Nottingham Forest boss Cooper on victory over Crystal Palace: Best team won

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper was delighted after their 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Morgan Gibbs-White proved the matchwinner on the day.

Cooper said, “We rode our luck with the penalty but I thought the best team won. They’ve not really created another chance in the game and we did – we should have scored one or two more with the positions we got in.

“But we are really pleased with our work today, we think we are worthy of it and it’s ended up being a really positive week. We got let down last week in the game here with some decisions but for the players to respond like they did against Spurs in the cup and to take it into today, it’s been a really positive week.

“It’s been a really, really tough couple of months, we’ve had to do something that no team or manager or coaching staff has had to do before with the amount of players that have come in. Never once have we questioned the players’ attitude or commitment or desire to learn, even when we’ve had some really tough moments. Every time we’ve had a tough moment, we’ve responded with a performance or result so that’s reassuring.

“We know we’ve got a lot of work to do – whatever happened today the league position wasn’t going to look great but at least we’re making positive steps, at least we’re picking up points.

“Days like today help belief grow and we’ve got to build on that. I haven’t looked at the table after the game but I know going into it we were only five points from 12th, and having seen some of the things that have gone against us and some of the things we could have done better with the fine margins, then our points and league position could be different.”